Disclaimer: I received an eARC copy of this book from Caffeine Blog Tours and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I cannot tell you how excited I was to be selected as a host for this tour, hosted by Caffeine Book Tours! The premise was so interesting, and I managed to get a copy of the first book Caster, which only served to hype Spell Starter more!
Spell Starter (Caster, #2)
Published September 6, 2020 by Scholastic
Data from Goodreads
The Sting meets Fight Club in this magical, action-packed sequel to Caster by Elsie Chapman.
Yes, Aza Wu now has magic back. But like all things in her life, it has come at a great cost. After the tournament, Aza is able to pay off her parents’ debt to Saint Willow. Unfortunately, the cost of the gathering spell she used to strip Finch of his magic has put her permanently in the employ of the gang leader. Aza has been doing little errands using real magic — collecting debts, putting the squeeze on new businesses in the district. But that had never been the plan. Saint Willow is nothing if not ambitious and having Aza as a fighter is much more lucrative than as a fixer. Especially if she can control the outcome. Aza is going to have to put it all on the line again to get out of this situation!
My Review: Unique And Magical
I can honestly say that this series has blown me away! It really is like nothing I’ve read before and I am L I V I N G for it!
- Amazing worldbuilding! It was such a unique setting and all of the magical elements were explained so well! To fully get the experience, you should read the first book – but you can still manage without it!
- From the first page, I was hooked. The writing style makes it so easy for the reader to delve into the story and the plot and pacing are fast, so the reader is always intrigued.
- The characters were all so nuanced and well-developed; each of them stood out in my mind and I wanted to get to know them even better.
These are just some of the memorable moments for me in this book:
- “I can no longer remember if our hope was real, or if we somehow knew, deep down, that we were just pretending.”
- “This is why the world hates full magic. Because our power is not just about what it can create, but what it can take away.”
- “Why should I settle for what’s expected when I can have spectacle?”
If a novel that is reminiscent of Fight Club with Chinese influence sounds like your kind of story, definitely make sure to check this book out!
Elsie Chapman grew up in Prince George, Canada, and has a degree in English literature from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of the YA novels Dualed, Divided, Along the Indigo, and Caster as well as the middle-grade novel All the Ways Home, and the coeditor of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings and Hungry Hearts. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, with her family.
Author website — https://elsiechapman.com/
Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/elsiechapman/